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We hope each of you are enjoying the 2015-2016 school year! To assist you during this school year, we would like to offer you some resources from the Maryland and DC Deaf-blind Project. .
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CBSS RESOURCE UPDATES:
The Delrey School Demonstration Project
Receives Approval for Programming for
Dual Sensory Impaired Students
BELOW — ARTICLE from
Baltimore Child, p.34.
Reprinted/posted with approval
The complex needs of students with multiple disabilities are best met through the consistent collaboration of teachers and related service providers. The Delrey School is a nurturing and supportive non-public school providing educational programs for children requiring academic and related services to maximize their development. Intensive therapies in the areas of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy and socialization are an integral part of its integrated school program.
In addition to these services, Delrey provides a therapeutic feeding program, total communication program, sensory processing therapy, community day care, assistive technology, social work services, medication management, school health services, wheelchair, adaptive curriculum and equipment.
Always seeking to provide for students with unique needs, since 2008 Delrey has collaborated with Connections Beyond Sight and Sound, a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education and the University of Maryland at College Park, supported by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to provide teacher and staff training, as well as technical assistance, to address the needs of students with dual sensory impairment including cortical visual impairment. Based on the success of that collaboration, last year Delrey entered into an agreement with Connections to broaden its services to include the needs of children who are deaf-blind / dual sensory impairments, resulting in severe communication and educational needs that cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or blindness. This collaborative project means that Delrey has access to state of the art equipment, ongoing staff training, and academic programming materials. With its small, structured environment, Delrey is becoming the go-to program to address these children with complex sensory needs that have been overlooked.
A key ingredient to the success of Delrey’s program for children with a sensory-related diagnosis is its Sensory Processing Room, which features protective walls and flooring, special lighting, and various suspended equipment, and its Sensory Lending Library, which has various switches, tactual puzzles, multi-sensory learning materials, light boxes, and speaker/ amplification devices. Additionally, the school’s Adapted Playground accommodates students with and without motor disabilities.
All departments recognize the importance of utilizing a multi-sensory approach to addressing the needs of the students. In small classroom settings, a teacher, instructional aides, and an occupational therapist work as a team to help children practice their fine motor skills, while a physical therapist helps them change positions as they learn. Speech-language pathologists work closely with the teachers to insure the students are using a variety of high and low tech devices, such as iPads, voice-output communication devices, signing, and pictures, to enhance learning.
In 2014 Delrey celebrates 50 years of serving students with multiple disabilities. This has been possible with a philosophy focusing on the importance of working as an integrated team for the success of the students.
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ADDITIONAL CBSS RESOURCES:
¿Está buscando recursos sordociegos en español?
CBSS ha creado una página donde se puede encontrar Recursos en Español para las familias y los proveedores trabajar con niños que tienen sordera y ceguera discapacidad sensorial dual. CBSS está trabajando para traducir más recursos y materiales es español.
Gracias por su paciencia.
We are currently looking for two teams for our multi-state initiative support students with dual sensory impairments during their transition from high school to adult services – age 14 and older is preferred. The team should be comprised of at least three team members and a family member. Many trainings are offered online or as a conference call. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this initiative.
If you are interested in receiving exemplary training in the field of deaf-blindness please contact us. Classes and trainings are available online.
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